Monday, March 10, 2008

Sample recipe from Sweet Food: Chocolate Mud Cake

I love a good chocolate cake, and this one looks promising:

Serves 12.

125 g (1 cup) plain flour
125 g (1 cup) self-rising flour (= 1 cup flour + 1 1/2 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt)
60 g (1/2 cup) dark cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
625 g (2 3/4 cups) sugar
450 g dark chocolate, chopped
459 g unsalted butter
125 ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk
2 tbs oil
2 tbs instant espresso coffee granules or powder
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 160°C (315°F) or a lower temperature as instructed for a convection oven.

Brush a deep 23 cm (8 1/2 inch) square cake pan with melted butter or oil. Line the pan with baking paper, extending at least 2 cm (4/5 inch) above the rim.

Sift the flours, cocoa and baking soda into a large bowl. Mix in the sugar and make a well in the centre. Put 250 g chocolate and 250 g butter and 185 ml (3/4 cup) water in a saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring constantly. Gradually stir this mixture into the dry ingredients using a large spoon.

Whisk together the buttermilk, oil, coffee and eggs and add to the mixture, stirring until smooth. Pour into the pan and bake for 1 hour 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan, the turn out onto a serving dish, upside down.

Combine the remaining chocolate and butter in a small pan and melt over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Cool to room temperature, stirring often, until it is thick enough to spread. Spread the icing over the cake. Allow the icing to set slightly before serving.


Rebecca said...

I tried this cake last night. I didn't have the right size pan (there is a HUGE volume of cake batter), so I made it in 2 smaller pans and cooked it for less time.

It was really excellent. I would like to try it again with the proper size pan, but I am not sure how tall a pan you would need if it is 23 cm square. I think my pans were 23 or 24 cm round and they were maybe 7 cm high.

Bibliophile said...

Now I really have to try it too :-)

I too have been wondering about the depth of the pans, because the saffron cake batter was enough for one 20 cm cake and one 18 cm cake, meaning the pan size given in the recipe would be too small unless it was unusually deep.

About finding the right size pan - try this: calculate the volume of the pans you used, add up the numbers and look for a single pan that can take that volume.

Rebecca said...

I just had to google it now. It seems there is such a thing as an unusually deep cake pan:

I have never actually seen one of these in person. One thing that may work is to use a souffle dish (I don't have one myself although I keep thinking I should get one.)